“Things We Lost in The Fire,” review by Lisa Kennedy

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Described by some as a documentarian, Susanne Bier, the Danish director, plays a role more like that of a short-story writer who distills grand themes and amplifies surprising details. Bier and cinematographer Tom Stern use hand-held camera work and abstract framing – the soft edge of a cheek here, an eye there – to ask: What is transcendent intimacy? Why is it so elusive? Read more

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Maitland McDonagh

Maitland McDonagh

Formerly TVGuide.com's senior movies editor/reviewer, Maitland McDonagh now has her own site, Miss FlickChick.com, and freelances for Film Comment, Time Out NY and other publications. She has written four books -- Broken Mirrors Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento, Filmmaking on the Fringe, The 50 Most Erotic Films of All Time and Movie Lust -- and contributed to many others, including Film Out of Bounds, Fantasy Females, The Last Great American Picture Show and Exile Cinema. Read McDonagh's recent artilces below. For her Women On Film archive, type "Maitland McDonagh" into the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).